How do I join?

1471169488_4.jpgThe Indianapolis Fencing Club is a non-profit corporation, run by volunteers.

IFC membership pricing is optimized to be as low as possible while still providing the club with the ability to rent floor space, purchase educational equipment for classes, purchase USAF club membership, etc.  We encourage you to explore other fencing options in the area, as we believe we offer the best deal around!  Unlike many sports clubs/martial arts schools we do not use contracts, end your membership anytime.  Membership options are described below:

Basic Membership

Designed for those members who want to fence or practice HEMA for fun and are not interested in seriously competing, or do not need/want additional training. Basic Membership benefits include:

  • Open fencing/HEMA whenever we are open, on a space available basis
  • Access to Individual lessons by IFC member coaches (additional cost)
  • Price of Basic Membership is $19 per month
  • USAF membership is required for sport fencing members (non-competitive minimum)


Beginning Foil, Épée, or Saber Programs

After completing a Beginning Fencing Class, new fencers can enroll in a Beginning Program for the weapon of their choice.  These programs are on-going and you can start at any time.  They offer a 4 week rotating curriculum of weapon-specific beginning-level training.  Once a fencer has mastered the beginning skills, they can advance to the applicable intermediate program.  Fencers are encouraged to purchase their own equipment but can continue to borrow club equipment until they get their own.  Benefits include:

  • Weekly Training Sessions (1 hours/session):
    • Warm up and footwork/bladework drills
    • 4 weapon specific skills sets, rotating weekly
    • Incremental price $20 per month

Intermediate Foil, Épée, and Saber Programs

For members who have mastered the beginning skills for their weapon and want to improve their intermediate fencing skills. Requires Basic Membership. These sessions are offered on various days and times each week (please check the calendar for the latest schedule).  Benefits include:

    • Weekly Training Sessions (1.5 hours/session):
      • Warm up and footwork/bladework drills
      • 12 skills sets, rotating weekly, repeated 4 times per year
      • Test available on each skill (practical and verbal)
      • Situational bouting
    • Incremental price $29 per month

Competitive Épée Program

Designed for serious competitive épéeists, who regularly compete, and who plan to compete at the Regional and National levels. Requires Basic Membership. Prerequisites: Mastery of Intermediate Épée Skills and Coach’s approval. Must commit to a minimum of 2 Individual Lessons per month ($20 per lesson, priced separately).  It is held on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.  Benefits include:

    • Competitive Training Session (1.5 hours/week)
      • Warm up and footwork/bladework drills
      • Advanced épée skills/tactics
      • Situational bouting
      • Lower student to coach ratio 
    • Incremental price $59 per month, plus the cost of Individual Lessons.

Intermediate Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA)

Intermediate HEMA classes include Longsword and Rapier & Dagger:

      • Incremental price $29 per month

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Private Lessons

Individual Lessons are the fastest way to improve your fencing/HEMA skills and are encouraged for everyone. Individual Lessons are arranged between students and coaches. Each coach will publish a schedule of available times. Students may sign up with the coach of their choice and may change coaches at any time. You are encouraged to find the right fit!

The coaching staff can be found here:!directory

Lessons are typically 20-30 minutes and the price varies by coach.